Masters Degree: Good Way to Network?

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  1. isabunny

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    I am one of those teachers who went back to college as a second career to earn my teaching credential. I moved to another state after receiving my credential and substituting for six months. Waited two years to look for a teaching job in my new state (my bad) and then found out that I needed to get my current states certificate before anybody would even interview me or hire me. Long story, but now I have the state certificate, but still have not been able to get a job. I lack any network or contacts.

    I am thinking about enrolling in a Masters of Education program hoping to increase my knowledge of teaching and to make contacts. Do you think it is a good way to network? Do you think I would be able to make contacts and possibly land a job through a Masters Program? I know at the very least I can get updated recommendation letters (mine are 5 years old now).

    Any advice is greatly appreciated!
     
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    If you enroll in a locale Masters Program it would give you a chance to network with other local teachers. In my program, many of my professors were also teachers or superintendents in local districts.
     
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    I think a cheaper way to network would be to attend professional development events. Colleges and universities often host PD, as do public and private organizations.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. Much appreciated! Most teachers in my local school district have Master's Degrees. I had always planned on getting a Masters and who knows, maybe it will be better to get it while I am not working full time as a teacher. I will look into Professional Development also, while I wait for the Master's Program to start. I might take some of the PLU courses at the extension center. Any recommendations: Survival Kit for New Teachers, Using the Smart Board, Math Refresher.... ect...

    Is their any class or skills you wish you had before you entered the classroom?
     
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    You have to be careful with professional developments, though. All the ones I attended there was an attendance sheet. If you weren't on it, you couldn't attend. It has to be approved by the boe where I work.
     
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    The op is looking for ways to network and become a more competitive candidate..s/he isn't employed by a school district yet. Taking PD courses and workshops is a great idea to stay current on educational topics, build one's resume and network. I'm sure the OP would know enough to sign up ahead of time if needed.
     
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    I would most definitly not attend a workshop or event uninvited. No worries! PLU courses are probably a good start, however they are mostly online. Not a good way to meet teachers, but being more prepared for the job is worth it.
     
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    Working on a Masters as a way of networking could work. I personally wasn't doing it for that reason at all & I'm not a big talker anyway. But if I really wanted to get involved, I could have joined a club or two that pertained to the field & I believe my ex-school's dept had their own Facebook page too.
     

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